No Bond – What Is It and What Does It Mean?

It may be simple to bail someone out of jail, but the bail world itself is complex. When someone is arrested in Santa Clarita, they will either be cited out with an order to return to court at the appointed date and time or be held in custody until a bail bond can be obtained. When defendants are held in custody as opposed to being cited out, there’s usually one or more reasons as to why. Often, when a person is held in custody but eligible for bail, it is because the person is suspected of committing a crime with a high bail amount (i.e. a “serious” crime).

However, some defendants’ status will come up as “No Bond” – meaning that they are being held in custody but are ineligible for bail. This can be the case for a variety of reasons, such as flight risk, being a danger to the community, failure to appear, and others. When a person’s status is “No Bond,” it does not necessarily mean they are ineligible for bail no matter what. Sometimes it means that the defendant must remain in custody until a judge can set bail at a bail hearing(and possibly assign additional conditions on the defendant’s release).

When someone is held in custody under “No Bond,” you still have options. It helps to call a bail bondsman anyway to explain the situation. A licensed, professional bail bondsman has the tools necessary to look into the defendant’s status and can help guide you through getting them out of jail if it is possible. If it is not possible, a bail bondsman will let you know, and can still help point you in the right direction by giving you info on how you can continue to support your friend or loved one while they are in custody and what you may be able to do to help them.